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Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream (2012)

Filmmaker Alex Gibney investigates the fact that the 400 richest Americans control more wealth than the 150 million people in the bottom 50 percent of the population.

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Credited cast:
Alex Gibney ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Abramoff ... Himself
Michele Bachmann ... Herself (archive footage)
Bruce Bartlett Bruce Bartlett ... Himself - Economic Policy Advisor - Reagan and Bush Sr. Administrations
John Boehner John Boehner ... Himself - R-Ohio, Speaker of the House (archive footage) (as Rep. John Boehner)
Carol Browner Carol Browner ... Herself - EPA Administrator (1993-2001) (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Cantor Eric Cantor ... Himself - (R) Virginia (archive footage)
April Dunkley April Dunkley ... Ministry of Divine Light, Food Pantry
Colin Dunkley Colin Dunkley ... Ministry of Divine Light, Food Pantry (as Pastor Colin Dunkley)
Michael Gross Michael Gross ... Author, 740 Park: The Story of the World's Richeset Apartment Building
Garrett Gruener Garrett Gruener ... Venture Capitalist & Founder of Ask.com
Jacob Hacker Jacob Hacker ... Himself - Political Science Professor, Yale University
Robert Kaiser Robert Kaiser ... Himself - Senior Correspondent, The Washington Post (as Bob Kaiser)
David H. Koch ... Himself - Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Chairman (archive footage) (as David Koch)
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Filmmaker Alex Gibney investigates the fact that the 400 richest Americans control more wealth than the 150 million people in the bottom 50 percent of the population.

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12 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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Lean left but is pretty fair.
11 May 2015 | by carbuffSee all my reviews

Definitely left-wing viewpoint on growing inequalities in income, wealth and opportunity in America, but everything said seems to be basically correct and defensible.

Quite a few interesting facts presented in a short and very watchable program. Harder on Republicans than Democrats, but both look bad, and the bias is easily justified by reality. I knew the Koch brothers contributed a lot of money to a lot of extreme right- wing organizations with the intent of protecting their wealth, but until this documentary, I didn't realize how truly mind-boggling their interference in the political process was, and I am pretty well-read and educated on these matters.

This documentary left me feeling very ambivalent, because I have made good money on investments, but at the same time it is pretty apparent that America's economic system is fundamentally unfair. (Of course, I knew that before this documentary, because I pay very close attention to the financial world for my own personal purposes.) I experience some cognitive dissonance after watching shows like this--the current system is pretty good for me, but is almost certainly not "just" in any sense of the word.

Truth be told, it leaves me in no rush wanting any changes for purely selfish reasons, as bad as that sounds. That is, no doubt, the problem with ever truly overhauling the American economic system, taxes or otherwise. The people who are profiting vastly more than I am, also have vastly more political power than I do, and are vastly less inclined than I am to do anything against their self- interest, as this brief documentary well points out.


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